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  1. Introduction
  2. What goldenseal is used for
  3. How yellow root is used
  4. Science Says
  5. Side affects and cautions


The other names for this herb are yellowroot and Orange-root. It is native to the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada.

What yellow root is used for


In the past Native Americans have employed yellow root for numerous health conditions like gonorrhea, ulcers and skin diseases.

Today, it is employed for colds, respiratory tract infections, eye infections, vaginitis and diarrhea

It is occasionally employed to treat cancer.

Yellow root is also used to treat wounds as well as canker sores additionally it employed as a mouthwash to treat sore gums, throat and mouth.

How yellow root Is Used


Roots or the underground stems of yellow root are dried then employed to make teas as well as liquid extracts, solid extracts which may be used to make tablets and capsules.

Yellow root is often used in combination with echinacea with the intention of treating colds.

Science Says


There have been some clinical studies done on a compound which is found in yellow root it is known as berberine.

The study suggested that berberine may benefit certain infections like those which cause some forms of diarrhea, additionally it may benefit eye infections.

Side affects and cautions


yellow root is thought to be safe for short term usage at recommended dosages.

There are some rare side effects which may include vomiting and nausea.

There has not been much study done the use of yellow root in the long term.

Pregnant women or those who breastfeed should avoid the use of yellow root. Berberine can cause contraction in the uterus which increases the risk of a miscarriage and premature labor.

Berberine may be passed through breast milk which causes liver problems which are life threatening to infants.

Yellow root should not be taken by young children or infants.

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